eth·​no·​mu·​si·​col·​o·​gy ˌeth-nō-ˌmyü-zi-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce ethnomusicology (audio)
: the study of music that is outside the European art tradition
: the study of music in a sociocultural context
ethnomusicological adjective
ethnomusicologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Columbia CNY’s music performance program offers concentrations in composition, ethnomusicology, historical musicology and music theory. Jeff Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Nov. 2022 Khalil, a former U.C. San Diego researcher who now teaches ethnomusicology at University College Cork in Ireland, focuses on how music gets people to synchronize their behavior. Frank Rose, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2022 Kammin, 45, is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology in Boulder, Colorado. Christine Fennessy, Outside Online, 16 Dec. 2019 Jessie: Many fields in academia, including ethnomusicology, are guilty of this too. Smithsonian, 22 June 2018 Tini has studied ethnomusicology — and is an astrologer. David Patrick Stearns,, 8 May 2018 Quint Davis, who had been a drama and ethnomusicology major at Tulane University, dropped out to work on the first Jazz Fest in 1970. Contributing Writer,, 27 Apr. 2018 The name comes from the musician’s love of Sudanese violin culture and interest in ethnomusicology. Makeda Easter,, 25 Apr. 2018 But Ravi’s influence got me job at the University of Washington, in the ethnomusicology department. George Varga,, 21 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ethnomusicology was in 1950

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“Ethnomusicology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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